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  • Why is it so windy ?

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    Bidochon
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Before going to fly yesterday, as usual I checked all I can find on weather (Metar, TAF, weather depiction chart, wind aloft….).  They all agreed that it was going to be mostly a good day to fly. The wind aloft was reporting some strong wind. I went flying and as it said….wind showed up in the afternoon with some gust to the 20/25 knots. It was a bumpy ride. As soon as I came back home, I took a screenshot of the Surface Analysis Chart (http://pasteboard.co/158EGW9o.png) . I thought that it was possible to predict the strength of the wind by how close the isobars are on the…
  • Red Bull race in Las Vegas is this weekend

    AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points
    Al Marsh
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Takes awhile to figure out this publicity photo for the Red Bull Race in Las Vegas this weekend. The lower half of the photo is a reflection of the formation. Kirby Chambliss, Nigel Lamb of England, Pete McLeod of Canada and Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic flew above Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir.  Click on it to enlarge.
  • ForeFlight Announces Former American Airlines Chairman and CEO Joins Board of Directors

    ForeFlight
    ForeFlight
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    From the NBAA 2014 convention in Orlando, FL this week, we are pleased to announce that Thomas Horton, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Airlines, has joined ForeFlight’s Board of Directors. Here are the additional details from the media release: “We are thrilled to have Tom working with all of us to shape ForeFlight’s future,” says Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight. “Tom brings his years of commercial aviation experience and, as an avid instrument rated pilot and ForeFlight Mobile fan, he shares the passion for aviation we have at ForeFlight.”…
  • Commentary: Fla. businesses rely on Ex-Im

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    22 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
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  • Honeywell optimistic about bizav growth over next decade

    Aviation eBrief
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Honeywell Aerospace's latest business jet forecast predicts a boost in the number of annual deliveries over the decade as man -More- Does your life insurance agent know anything about aviation? Probably not! Wouldn't you rather deal with a Pilot Owned agency that has over 20 years of experience insuring pilots? We know all the underwriting issues and hidden costs pilots face when applying for life insurance. Pilot Insurance Center will help you avoid the problems and the hassle of applying for the wrong policy — PIClife.com
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  • ForeFlight Announces Former American Airlines Chairman and CEO Joins Board of Directors

    ForeFlight
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    From the NBAA 2014 convention in Orlando, FL this week, we are pleased to announce that Thomas Horton, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Airlines, has joined ForeFlight’s Board of Directors. Here are the additional details from the media release: “We are thrilled to have Tom working with all of us to shape ForeFlight’s future,” says Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight. “Tom brings his years of commercial aviation experience and, as an avid instrument rated pilot and ForeFlight Mobile fan, he shares the passion for aviation we have at ForeFlight.”…
  • ForeFlight and Able Flight Announce New Flight Training Scholarships

    ForeFlight
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    We are pleased to announce our continued support of Able Flight over the next three years via a new series of ForeFlight/Able Flight flight training scholarships. We admire and are inspired by the hard work and commitment the Able Flight pilots put forth to earn their wings. Helping Able Flight to transform the lives of people with disabilities through the gift of flight is a very rewarding way for us to give back to the aviation community. Able Flight’s mission is to offer people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight and aviation career training, and by…
  • Bulletin: Canada High Resolution Terrain Data Update

    ForeFlight Data Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    New High Resolution Terrain downloads are available for Canada. This update addresses an issue where terrain heights could be displayed lower than their actual values in areas north of 59 degrees latitude. All customers who have selected Canada High Resolution Terrain will be prompted to download this update inside of ForeFlight Mobile and should do so immediately.
  • Welcoming Scott Dennstaedt

    ForeFlight
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    At ForeFlight we know from first hand experience that weather plays a critical role in aviation and is often the number one worry that a pilot faces before and during flight.  To better serve that critical need, we are excited to announce that Scott Dennstaedt has joined the ForeFlight team. Scott has been well-known for his aviation weather expertise for many years, and will now  lead the ForeFlight team in the role of Weather Scientist.  His background and experience as a CFI, research meteorologist, and founder of the excellent AvWxWorkshops.com provide a unique set of qualifications…
  • Bulletin: October 16, 2014 Server Maintenance – COMPLETE

    ForeFlight
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Update – this server maintenance was completed.  All systems are back online. We will be performing upgrades on our servers during the night of Thursday, October 16, 2014 between 11:30pm CT – 1:30am CT.  Services including flight plan filing, weather retrieval, and data downloads will be intermittently available between during this period. We will post an update to this bulletin once the upgrades have been completed.
 
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    Aviation eBrief

  • Honeywell optimistic about bizav growth over next decade

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Honeywell Aerospace's latest business jet forecast predicts a boost in the number of annual deliveries over the decade as man -More- Does your life insurance agent know anything about aviation? Probably not! Wouldn't you rather deal with a Pilot Owned agency that has over 20 years of experience insuring pilots? We know all the underwriting issues and hidden costs pilots face when applying for life insurance. Pilot Insurance Center will help you avoid the problems and the hassle of applying for the wrong policy — PIClife.com
  • Business aircraft complement scheduled flights, rather than compete with them

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Jack Olcott, president of General Aero Co.  -More- 
  • Hypoxia: Insidious emergency

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Many in-flight emergencies arrive with fanfare: annunciator lights, engine sputtering, smoke.  -More- 
  • Aircraft services company specializes in rebuilding Twin Otters

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Ikhana Aircraft Services is an aircraft rebuilder based at French Valley Airport in California.  -More- 
  • EU considers ways to keep Ebola out

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Governments in the European Union are considering whether to use visa and airline passenger data to prevent potential carrier -More- Choosing an investment advisor? Start here. Our list of key questions will help you navigate the four crucial areas that determine investment performance: people, philosophy, process and price. Ask these questions to find the right advisor for you.
 
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    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News

  • U.S. Navy’s New Hawkeye Optimized For Land, Sea Ops

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    New E-2D radar to counter cruise missile threats over land and sea The new Hawkeye provides a much improved UHF radar antenna useful for finding targets that are hard to see in other bands, such as cruise missiles and aircraft with low radar cross sections, which are types of threats to carrier strike groups that worry Navy officials. read more
  • Rockwell Collins Extends Fusion Avionics From Manned Into Unmanned

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Certified manned-aircraft avionics could help UAS enter civil skies Steeped in manned-aircraft experience but with a burgeoning unmanned-aircraft avionics business, Rockwell Collins is working to help UAVs fly in the national airspace system. With NASA, the company is developing a certifiable command-and-control data link allowing multiple unmanned aircraft systems to be flown from a single ground station. And now Rockwell Collins has shown that certified manned-aircraft avionics can be used in a UAS without breaking the certification chain of evidence. read more
  • MRJ Test Program Laid Out As Prototype Revealed

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Mitsubishi delineates a test plan as it rolls out its regional jet prototype At the rollout of Mitsubishi’s MRJ regional prototype, the first look was greeted enthusiastically; now come the all-important flight tests read more
  • Upcoming Events

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Nov. 3-5—52nd Annual SAFE Symposium. Caribe Royale Hotel & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. www.safeassociation.com Nov. 3-5—SpeedNews 19th Annual Regional and Business Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference. Montelucia Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Arizona. See speednews.com/ Nov. 4-6—Flight Test Safety Committee’s Eighth Annual European Flight Test Safety Workshop. Manching, Germany. See www.setp.org/symposium/meetings/european-workshop  read more
  • Is A Republican Senate Good For Defense?

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Some see a Republican-controlled Senate as a plus for the Pentagon No matter who holds the majority in the Senate after the November midterm election, the fate of defense spending in the fiscal 2016 budget will be tied up in a larger tangle of spending issues. The desire of some Republicans to retain or enlarge the defense budget is competing with the wish of Democrats to increase spending on infrastructure and other domestic programs, and Congress is perennially unable to agree on tax increases or entitlement savings that could pay for either priority. read more
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    AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points

  • Red Bull race in Las Vegas is this weekend

    Al Marsh
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Takes awhile to figure out this publicity photo for the Red Bull Race in Las Vegas this weekend. The lower half of the photo is a reflection of the formation. Kirby Chambliss, Nigel Lamb of England, Pete McLeod of Canada and Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic flew above Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir.  Click on it to enlarge.
  • Gulfstream set to announce new jet

    Al Marsh
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Aerospace consultant Brian Foley of Brian Foley Associates predicts Gulfstream Aerospace will be the “talk of the town” next Tuesday Oct. 14 when the company summons aviation reporters to its Savannah headquarters for a major announcement. That announcement will be the mysterious P42 project, the Gulfstream 450 replacement. The current 10-year-old 450 program is a 4,350 nautical mile, 16-passenger, Mach 0.88 aircraft with a maximum weight of 74,600 pounds. If Foley is correct, Gulfstream promises to be the star of the upcoming National Business Aviation Association convention…
  • Last year’s RTW, Day 25–homecoming

    Mike Collins
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Over North Dakota, we prepare to fly into the final sunrise of our eastbound around-the-world journey. A year ago today–well, I guess technically speaking it was a year ago yesterday, Sept. 17 (thanks to that whole international date line thing, and our “groundhog day” on Sept. 15)–we concluded our epic around-the-world flight in Mike Laver’s MU-2. Again we were off before sunrise for the 1,196-nautical-mile hop back to Frederick, Md., which would require 4.2 hours of flight time. And there it is, the sunrise. The photographer in me really appreciated the thin,…
  • Last year’s RTW, Day 24–almost home

    Mike Collins
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:53 am
    The Yukon River winds below us as we climb out of Fairbanks. It’s been an incredible, fantastic trip–but after 24 days, we’re both ready to be home. We take off from Fairbanks before dawn, heading southeast toward Ketchikan, Alaska. That’s the broad Yukon River curving through the landscape below. Distant peaks draw our attention–from 25,000 feet. As the sun rises, it dramatically lights snow-covered, distant peaks before reaching into the valleys. Alaska’s vastness never fails to amaze me. Sunrise seems like a good time for a selfie of us on the flight…
  • Last year’s RTW, Day 23

    Mike Collins
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Day 23 of our trip, one year ago today, sees our return to the United States–but not until very late in the evening. Also, today feels like the longest day of them all–by far. And it is, for a couple of reasons. First, we cross the International Date Line, so for us it’s Sept. 15 all over again. Second, our two legs–from Petropavlovsk to Anadyr, Russia, and then to Fairbanks, Alaska, total 1,930 nautical miles and 6.9 hours of flight time. While this is not our longest day, it takes the most time, because things in Russia seem to move only so fast. Lots of waiting,…
 
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    Ask a Flight Instructor

  • VFR but no visual reference, is that still considered IMC?

    psequeira
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    If you are flying over water or a desert at night, with no visual reference and there is not a cloud in the sky, is that IMC? It’s a pitch black moonless night with no lights in view.
  • Is it viable to work as a Flight Instructor nowadays?

    Johnathan Aldana
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    I have been pondering the idea of becoming a Certified Flight instructor  for some time now. But I have many concerns, for example costs, time, and job availability etc. My main concern however is, Can it be done? And feed the family, pay for bills, have time to do other important things in life. I am not a pilot yet, or have a family, i’m 19 and choosing a career. My options are either choose to become a CFI or (one of my other interests) become a computer programmer. I realize it will cost upwards of 30,000 to become a CFI in the first place, but i’ve always wanted to learn how…
  • VOR Needed?

    Jeff LeFebvre
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Is a functioning VOR required to pass the practical test for the PPL.   Thanks, jeff
  • Why is it so windy ?

    Bidochon
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Before going to fly yesterday, as usual I checked all I can find on weather (Metar, TAF, weather depiction chart, wind aloft….).  They all agreed that it was going to be mostly a good day to fly. The wind aloft was reporting some strong wind. I went flying and as it said….wind showed up in the afternoon with some gust to the 20/25 knots. It was a bumpy ride. As soon as I came back home, I took a screenshot of the Surface Analysis Chart (http://pasteboard.co/158EGW9o.png) . I thought that it was possible to predict the strength of the wind by how close the isobars are on the…
  • Does the Garmin GDL 39 show mode c trafic?

    George
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    It’s confusing, dose the Garmin GDL 39 show regular transponder traffic? or it will only show the new ADSB in/ ADSB out traffic ? i am planing to buy one and link it to my Garmin 696 , any advise?  
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    AVweb Podcasts

  • Podcast: Deer Jet's Zhang Peng on China's Expanding Bizav Sector

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    China's largest bizjet charter company, Deer Jet, sees plenty of room for expansion in the exploding Chinese marketplace -- maybe not in fractionals (yet), but in some surprising segments, like providing flights in and out of the country. Deer Jet's Zhang Peng demystifies the world's fastest-growing bizav economy in a short conversation with us at the 2014 NBAA Convention.
  • Podcast: Strong NBAA Show, Says Bolen

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:39 am
    Ed Bolen, the CEO of the National Business Aviation Association, says the organization's 2014 show in Orlando is a little bigger than last year's show in Las Vegas. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Bolen at the static display at Orlando Executive Airport.
  • Podcast: ATC for Drones

    4 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Parimal Kopardekar, principal investigator for NASA's Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM) project, is working to create a system that would help make it possible for UAS to operate in specified low-altitude zones within the national airspace. He talked with AVweb's Mary Grady about the technology and its timeline.
  • Podcast: RAF Targets Private Airstrips

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:35 pm
    The Recreational Aviation Foundation is making great progress in its effort to amend laws in all 50 states to make it easier for pilots to gain access to privately owned airstrips. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with John McNade, an RAF volunteer, about how the RAF is getting it done and why it's important.
  • Podcast: Bill Moffitt of NavWorx on Welcoming ADS-B into Your World

    3 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    2020 is no longer some far-future date you'd see in a summer blockbuster -- and that means the clock is ticking on equipping your airplane for next-generation airspaces. NavWorx may have the friendliest price point for entering the ADS-B equipment market, so we spoke with CEO Bill Moffitt at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.
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    Aviation Mentor

  • September 2014 Photos

    John Ewing
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    On top, near ALTAMVicinity of FOOTOAccidental photo of aviation "giant"Dodging Cloud TopsEngine-out Practice near KCCRFound some shade ...Looking for shade ...Vectors KLVK ILS 25R
  • Knowing When to Fold

    John Ewing
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Few myths are more enduring than the beleaguered, sleep-deprived pilot who laconically accepts the aircraft he or she is given and, without worry or fear, takes to the skies to have curious adventures. Something Dr. ATP mentioned a few weeks back combined with my own recent experiences to make me want to remind pilots that it's absolutely okay to decide to not fly an aircraft. We're not Jimmy Doolittle or Chuck Yeager and for good reason. We're civilian flyers and safety should be our goal, not proving our courage and fearlessness. As student pilots we learned to do a thorough preflight, but…
  • Concise Guide to the DA42

    John Ewing
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    After countless hours of gathering photos, writing text, editing, re-photographing, and re-writing, the Concise Guide to the DA42 is now in the hands of the iBooks reviewers and should be available for download by September 15. You can download a sample or order the book now. This is the fourth aviation iBook I've published and in many ways, it was the hardest for a number of reasons.The TwinStar and the DA42NG are at the top of my list of favorite aircraft and I wanted my book to be comprehensive. That meant lots of photographs of components and descriptions of systems: While the DA42…
  • RNAV OBScurities

    John Ewing
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    A few years back the editors of the Aeronautical Information Manual changed the well-written overview of GPS, which was a shame because that concise description laid the conceptual framework pilots needed to understand waypoint sequencing, turn anticipation, and how and when to suspend waypoint sequencing. For their part, instructors are so busy teaching pilots how to wrestle with crappy GPS receiver user interfaces that a conceptual understanding of GPS often falls by the wayside. Many pilots have memorized the series of button pushes and knob twists that will accomplish their goal, but…
  • ForeFlight adds Weight & Balance

    John Ewing
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    A few weeks ago, I had a discussion about flying an aircraft over gross weight and the person I was talking to seemed to be saying "It ain't no thang ..." I begged to differ since there are serious hazards associated with flying an aircraft over maximum takeoff weight or out of the CG envelope. And so I was pleased to see the addition of Weight and Balance calculations to ForeFlight, though one has wonder just how many more features can be added to ForeFlight as it continues to mature. So far the developers have done a decent job of adding features in a logical fashion, but there is a tipping…
 
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    Cockpit Conversation

  • Death Rates

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I'm IFR in the flight levels on a clear VMC day. The IFR part means I'm following a set of rules and procedures ("Instrument Flight Rules") designed for pilots of aircraft in weather conditions that don't allow them to navigate by looking out the window. The flight levels part means I'm flying above about 18,000'. In Canada the "transition altitude," between altitudes designated by the local air pressure and those altitudes designated by a universal standard pressure setting, is 18,000'. One never flies at 18,000', but instead sets the altimeter to 29.92 and flies at flight level 180. I don't…
  • Peer Pressure

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As I fly from one airport to another I speak to numerous air traffic controllers. Let's say I depart Grande Prairie (I think they're almost finished the runway upgrade) for Calgary. I would call Grand Prairie Radio, who would ask me to monitor the clearance delivery frequency. Once I had the clearance I would go back to radio, until after take off, when I would switch to Edmonton Centre. They clear me to my cruise altitude and on course heading, and then might switch me to Edmonton Centre on a different frequency to continue monitoring my flight. As I approach Calgary they will switch me to…
  • Migratory Birds

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I learned to use a GPS receiver for air navigation when I was working in the north. Many of the airplanes in the fleet had three line text GPS units. Some had none, but even that nascent technology was so useful, compared to the NDB airways and map-compass-watch navigation they supplemented, that captains spent their own money on handheld units, for the days we were assigned airplanes that lacked the magic box. Airports, radio navigation aids and other named fixes are few and far between in the far north. Given a full load of passengers and cargo and fuel to max gross weight, there wouldn't…
  • Future So Bright

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It's a rainy, miserable fall day with the freezing level a little lower than the minimum en route IFR altitude. I study the GFA showing the cloud levels and types in the area I'll be flying through, and decide that yes, we can do the flight in this airplane. I can climb above the level of the cloud that will carry the most dangerous ice before I reach the area that has those clouds, and destination is clear, giving a safe descent. I file a flight plan beginning with a waypoint that we always file out of this airport, because it's the end of the published departure procedure, but as we're…
  • I Would Have Gone With Stephen Hawking

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Before making an approach to an airport, every pilot wants to know the wind strength and direction, what clouds they will encounter, the altimeter setting, and what runway is in use. At some airports the pilot figures out this information herself by flying over the field. At others a flight service specialist simply recites the information to each arriving pilot. At busy airports, a recorded message called ATIS recites the information on a dedicated frequency. The information on the ATIS is typically updated once an hour, or when conditions change. At some airports a controller just reads the…
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    Indy Transponder

  • Indy Transponder 21-OCT-2014 1630z

    XPDR
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Alan Crawford - update · LiveAirShowTV | From our friend Bob Mills: Update on our buddy Alan Crawford. Alan underwent about 3-4 hours of surgery today, and things went very well. Lots of smiles on the faces of Sherri (Sherri Crawford), Alan Jr., Christina Christina McDowell and Ollie's faces when they came in from the surgeon's debrief...U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds #2 · LiveAirShowTV | Chat with U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds #2, Maj. Josh Boudreaux on Wednesday before the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show!...NAS Jax Air Show 2014 * FCN | Are you ready for the return of the Blue Angels? The show…
  • Indy Transponder 20-OCT-2014 1230z

    XPDR
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Alan Crawford, one of our favorite air racers and a good guy to boot, needs your prayers * LiveAirShowTv | (Local News) Soaring on wings of a Falcon with Air Force Thunderbirds * Examiner | Climbing aboard a sleek Air Force fighter jet and launching into the deep blue sky can make one either grin or become ill -- for this aerospace journalist punching that sky in an aerobatic jet was an incredible feeling...Big crowds for Wings Over North Georgia AirShow * WRGA Rome's Newstalk | Although we don't have an exact head count, it appears as though this year's Wings Over North Georgia AirShow may…
  • Indy Transponder 17-OCT-2014 1145z

    XPDR
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Wings Over North Georgia Air Show Is This Weekend At Rome, Ga. * The Chattanoogan | Chattanoogan.com photographer Dennis Norwood was selected for a media flight with the GEICO Skytypers aerial team prior to this weekend's Wings Over North Georgia air show. Shown are some of his photos while flying in a 1940 US Navy SNJ-2 Trainer...Wings and Wheels: In the air and on the ground * Cape Gazette | Jackson Passwaters of Millsboro has his own jet to play with during the seventh annual Wings and Wheels Fall Festival at the Sussex County Airport. The event is sponsored by the Greater Georgetown…
  • Indy Transponder 16-OCT-2014 1645z

    XPDR
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Air show pilot never stops pushing boundaries * Florida Times-Union | Sean Tucker isn't just talk when he encourages people to push their personal boundaries. He's out there doing it, too. In fact, his life is all about pushing boundaries – whether it's in the aerobatic box, flying his specially built Oracle Challenger ...UPDATE: Historic aircraft staying put due to permit confusion * Rome News-Tribune | A last-minute wrench was thrown into the plans to tow a historic warplane from Tennessee to Rome overnight Wednesday, meaning it won't be able to make it to this weekend's Wings Over North…
  • The 8th Annual Planes of Fame Taste of Flight Gala!

    XPDR
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
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    Airplane Geeks Podcast

  • AirplaneGeeks 321 Benet is the Aviation Queen

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    The first Mitsubishi MRJ, screening for Ebola at the airport, the aging military aircraft fleet, mobile phones on the plane, FAA drone enforcement for licensed pilots, and Airways News. Guest We talk with Benét Wilson, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Airways News, about the strategic alliance between Airways Magazine and Airchive.com. Airways News provides continuous updates of news, features, and information about the commercial aviation industry. Benét  Wilson is an aviation journalist and blogger who has covered the industry for many media outlets, including About.com, Cranky Flier, ACI-NA…
  • AirplaneGeeks 320 The Passenger Experience

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    The passenger experience: social media, in-flight connectivity, wearable technology, seat pitch. Guest Aviation journalist Mary Kirby is founder and editor of the Runway Girl Network, a B2B2C source for intelligence about the passenger experience. The Network covers the industry from nose to tail, in the air, and on the ground. Be sure to follow the #PaxEx hashtag. Topics Tweeting While Flying, Part II: Another Passenger Booted From Flight After Tweeting A JetBlue passenger tweeted that the pilot was or might have been intoxicated. Another passenger in turn Tweeted about this but was denied…
  • AirplaneGeeks 319 Aircraft Salvage

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Aircraft salvage, the Chicago ATC Center fire, airline cyber threats, effects of aviation product liability, and a new Sikorsky fast attack helicopter. Guest Rachel Payne talks about how aircraft salvage company FAST Aviation locates airplanes, gets them back flying, or parts them out to support general aviation aircraft owners. We also discuss Hangar Swap, the new marketplace for aviators. 1952 R model Beechcraft Bonanza Follow @FASTAviationFL and @HangarSwap on Twitter, and find FASTaviation and HangarSwap on Facebook. News Chicago Bizav Traffic Moving Following ATC Center Fire An…
  • Episode 318 Listener Survey Results

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Results from our listener survey, the B787 battery issue, Air Traffic Control Center vulnerability, historic aircraft, flying a float plane, and air-to-air photography. News Boeing, FAA Don’t Understand 787 Battery Shortcomings, Japanese Say After the Boeing 787 experienced Lithium Ion battery problems, Boeing made some changes designed to reduce the chances of thermal runaway, and to better manage the situation should it occur. But the root cause for the problem was never determined. By Christine Negroni in her Flying Lessons blog. Illinois man accused of torching air traffic center…
  • AirplaneGeeks 317 – The Navion

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    The single engine Navion airplane, air traffic controller hiring guidelines, Air France pilot’s strike, robots flying airplanes, Delta Air Line’s refinery, and NextGen. Guest Chris Gardner is founder and CEO of Sierra Hotel Aero, holder of the type certificate for the single engine Navion airplane. Chris has a commercial aviation background, as well as extensive experience with North American Aviation aircraft including rebuilding and modification for racing of the P-51 Mustang, the T- 28, and Navion aircraft. We review a little of the history of the Navion and how it was originally…
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    Greteman Group » News & Views

  • Safety Standdown 2014 Two Words: Pay Attention

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Like many apparently simple things, paying attention can be a lot harder than it seems – especially these days. And the strategies to stay focused are many and varied, as demonstrated during the recent Bombardier Safety Standdown in Wichita, Kansas. At that seminar, 32 separate sessions explored different aspects of distraction and how to minimize...
  • Your NBAA Relief Kit

    Sonia Greteman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    The world’s largest business aviation event takes place next week. If you’re one of the 25,000 who will be slogging through the 2-million-square-foot Orange County Convention Center and the 100-aircraft-strong static display at the Orlando Executive Airport, listen up. This advice is for you. Use the Official Mobile App Do your planning first – before...
  • Powering Dreams

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    If kids didn’t pick up on the message – “Aviation is for everyone.” – it’s not for lack of trying. The second annual Kansas Aviation Expo set out on September 22 for a three-day, three-stops-a-day Fly Kansas air tour. High-school bands played. Speakers addressed local schoolchildren and, at each stop, highlighted different aspects of aviation....
  • Wichita Eagle; Have You Heard; You Don’t Say

    Greteman Group
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    “I’m interviewing a man about a Frosted Flake chicken on a stick.” – An explanation from the Greteman Group’s Rachel Groene, who is handling the agency’s Kansas State Fair account, on why she needed a colleague to help on another account. The Wichita Eagle Carrie Rengers You don’t say © The Wichita Eagle, 2014
  • Business & Commercial Aviation; Shattering Glass for Women in Aviation

    Greteman Group
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Shattering Glass for Women in Aviation Talent abounds; let’s use it By William Garvey, Editor-in-Chief There’s a natural slowness to summer that helps us reflect about our choices, reconnect with people, ideas and goals lost in the everyday hurry, and rejuvenate – cannonballing into a lake full of happy, squealing children is guaranteed to reset...
 
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    Around the Pattern

  • Finally Flying Again

    Tracy
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
      I finally got the Swift back into the air this past weekend – the first flight since the last week in August.  A friend with an RV-6A said he and another RV builder/flyer were going to fly ‘down’ to Bridgeport, CA for lunch. Down in the sense that it is south of Reno but […] The post Finally Flying Again appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • A Weekend Flight to Washington

    Tracy
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    As most of you already know, AOPA has changed to a series of Regional Convertions/Fly-ins this year rather than one large event. Their thinking is that they will reach more people by going to them instead of requiring them to travel to AOPA. This month the regional event was in Spokane, WA, at Felts Field. […] The post A Weekend Flight to Washington appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • A Nice Day of Flying

    Tracy
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    My last update was in mid-June. I have flown a couple of times since then, but it has been a sparse summer. Time(Life) seems to get away from you sometimes. The weather up here in Reno this summer has been a bit on the warm side and we seem to be in an unusual string […] The post A Nice Day of Flying appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • An Aviation Weekend

    Tracy
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Saturday I attended a ‘hangar-warming’ at the Dayton, NV airport, an airport community just to the east of Carson City. New Carson City EAA Chapter (EAA403.org) members Paul & Louise Dye recently had a home and hangar built there and were gracious enough to invite the chapter to their get-together. Paul worked for NASA at […] The post An Aviation Weekend appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • Past Time for an Update

    Tracy
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:08 am
    I knew it had been a while since I last wrote and article, but a had no idea it had been almost a month four months. Ugly. Ok, what has happened since the last update?  Bear with me, as you get older just recalling what you had for breakfast yesterday can be a test of […] The post Past Time for an Update appeared first on Around the Pattern.
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    Defense Update:

  • Russia offers India three additional Talwar class frigates

    Noam Eshel
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Russia is offering to build for Indian Navy three additional Project 11356 frigates - the type designated 'Talwar class' by the Indian Navy. In addition, the two countries are negotiating weapon systems upgrades to the three frigates delivered under the first order is also being negotiated, integrating the Indo-Russian Bramos missile.
  • Lockheed Martin to supply $1 billion worth of SCOUT SV turrets

    Noam Eshel
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Lockheed martin UK will deliver 245 turrets for the SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) under a $1 billion contract awarded October 2014.
  • Embraer rolls out KC-390 military airlift

    Noam Eshel
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Embraer rolled out the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport from the production hangar at the industrial plant of Gavião Peixoto, Brazil. The first flight, planned to take place by the end of 2014.
  • Continued strikes in Syria draw coalition air power from Iraq

    News Desk
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Fierce fighting between Islamic State and Syrian Kurdish forces again battered the Syrian town of Kobani, as coalition forces continue their strikes in support of the Kurds.
  • Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier

    Noam Eshel
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    The Italian Navy said on Friday, October 17, that work on the carrier is now slated to be complete at the Taranto Arsenal, a Navy shipyard and base, on Nov. 10, instead of March of next year, when the ship completes post-refit sea trials.
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    Latest air travel news

  • Tips to booking cheaper flights

    WhichAirline.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Although there's no real shortcut to finding cheap airfare, we have some special tips that might at least save you some money at your next flight. Check them out and if you have others let us know in the comments! Don't buy extras if you don't need them
  • 2014 cheapest airports in Asia

    WhichAirline.com
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Our recent research on prices of Asian airports reveals that Trang (TST) in Thailand ranks as the cheapest airport in Asia. The cost of flights from Trang is on average $0.0487 per kilometre, the second cheapest is Malaysian Kota Kinabalu with $0.0497. Which airports follow and how do the busiest airports in Asia rank? The cheapest airports are located in Thailand and Malaysia
  • 2014 Europe’s cheapest airports

    WhichAirline.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Our recent research on air ticket prices reveals that Oslo Rygge airport ranks as the cheapest in Europe. The cost of flights from Oslo Rygge is on average €0.036 per kilometre, while from Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) they are €0.154 which makes Gardermoen 4 times more expensive.
  • WhichAirline steps beyond meta search and into direct booking

    WhichAirline.com
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    We have some exciting news for you! We decided to make huge changes on our website. Many of you have already noticed we did a big redesign but that's not all – accompanying that we also present new business model: while before, we were a meta search engine only and shuttled all of you to airline’s website or online travel agencies when it came to booking your flights, now you can book some of the flights without leaving the website.
  • Major low cost airlines are more expensive in 2014

    WhichAirline.com
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:55 am
    Our latest research shows that the major European low cost airlines – Ryanair, Wizz Air and easyJet – have increased their prices by €10 on average comparing to 2013. The most significant change can be seen on easyJet which raised the fares by almost 20%.
 
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    anna.aero

  • Europe’s airports ‘lose’ over 50 daily routes this winter

    anna.aero
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    This winter will see the loss of over 50 airport pairs in Europe that supported at least a daily flight last winter. We list all of them and present additional information on each. Will your airline see an opportunity amongst them? With the change from the summer 2014 (S14) schedule to the winter 2014 (W14) […]The post Europe’s airports ‘lose’ over 50 daily routes this winter appeared first on anna.aero.
  • New airline routes launched (14 October – 20 October 2014)

    anna.aero
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    A total of 23 air services were launched by 16 airlines during the course of last week, including tame adding its second US destination — Fort Lauderdale — from Quito, Flybe linking London City to Belfast City, as well as Royal Brunei Airlines returning to Ho Chi Minh City from its Bandar Seri Begawan hub. […]The post New airline routes launched (14 October – 20 October 2014) appeared first on anna.aero.
  • The Middle East: seats up 1.1%, while flights decreased by 1.9% and ASKs went down 0.6%; Riyadh-Jeddah is #1 route

    anna.aero
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    While the Middle East has been a major centre of world affairs, the air transport industry has become extremely significant for the development of the region. As weekly departing seats have increased by 1.1% this October, anna.aero takes a closer look at the top dozen country and city pairs respectively within the Middle East. According […]The post The Middle East: seats up 1.1%, while flights decreased by 1.9% and ASKs went down 0.6%; Riyadh-Jeddah is #1 route appeared first on anna.aero.
  • SWISS commands 55% of Zurich seats; Germany #1 country market

    anna.aero
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Analysis of SWISS’ home hub ‒ we reveal how the operation has developed year by year and we detail which are the leading country markets, and how this compares with a year ago, along with what expansion plans the airline has for S15 at its main base. As may be expected at its home-hub, SWISS […]The post SWISS commands 55% of Zurich seats; Germany #1 country market appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Peruvian Airlines enters Bolivia from Lima

    anna.aero
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Peruvian Airlines now connects Lima in Peru to La Paz in Bolivia via Cuzco in Peru with daily flights, using its 737-700s. Peruvian Airlines added its first route to Bolivia on 15 October, when it commenced daily flights from Lima (LIM) to La Paz (LPB). The 1,105-kilometre sector is operated via Cuzco (CUZ) in Peru, […]The post Peruvian Airlines enters Bolivia from Lima appeared first on anna.aero.
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    SimpliFlying

  • Ryanair has a Great Brand. What is the Secret to its Success?

    Marco Serusi
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:22 am
    Ryanair has a great brand It sounds counter-intuitive but it’s true. The Ryanair brand is smart, and other airlines have much to learn from it. What is the secret to its astounding success? Read on to find out. The Ryanair brand is built on a solid foundation and personified by its CEO — with his outrageous comments and cost-cutting proposals. A brand that is reflected in any aspect of the company and that sends users a very clear message: This is a cheap airline, expect nothing else. Its customer service is infamous, as are its excess fees, but its balance sheet proves passengers…
  • Which were the best airline marketing campaigns in September 2014? Find out in our Airline Marketing Benchmark Report

    Shubhodeep Pal
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Jointly produced by SimpliFlying, and industry and consumer trends research agency, airlinetrends.com, the highly-acclaimed Airline Marketing Benchmark Report analyses a wide range of airline marketing case studies each month. Disover 15 new innovative airline marketing campaigns. Every month. The monthly report contains a selection of the 15 most innovative marketing and advertising campaigns launched by airlines around the world and assesses their impact. If you are a numbers person, you’d love our report too! What’s in this month’s report? A wide range of case studies…
  • Is KLM the most helpful airline in the world? Re-thinking airline customer service #happytohelp

    Shashank Nigam
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Over the last week, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines set out to help any traveller in the world. Whether or not they were flying KLM. Now, read that last sentence again! #happytohelp While most airlines struggle to scale to provide decent customer service via social media to their own passengers, KLM took on the world. Already the best airline on social media, KLM realised they were already well known in their home country of the Netherlands for their customer service. And they wanted to spread the word around the world, even among non-customers. So for one whole week, via the KLM HappyToHelp…
  • [Presentation] Changing Times: The Latest Trends in Airline Marketing

    Marco Serusi
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    I had the opportunity to present at the IATA Airs@t User Forum in Athens last week. A polar bear, clinging desperately to the last melting bit of an iceberg, was the first image that came to my mind when asked to speak about the latest trends in Airline Marketing. This famous image is often used in relation to climate change but is also a perfect representation of how airlines react to change. The bear could swim in a blue ocean, but instead chooses to cling to the last bit of a disappearing world until it is thrown in the water by the iceberg’s collapse. With this image in mind I…
  • What goes on behind the scenes of SimpliFlying Awards?

    SimpliFlying
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Back when we launched the SimpliFlying Awards in 2010, they were the first and only awards dedicated to recognising the best social media practices in the airline industry. Committed to raising the standard of airlines on social media, SimpliFlying Awards promote the exchange of knowledge by honouring the best airlines on social media and inviting them to share their successes with the rest of the world. It has been five years and we are extremely thankful for the love and support from our readers and airline friends. As the awards get bigger every year, we see growing interest and…
 
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    Aviation Marketing Strategies

  • Will we see you at NBAA?

    Paula Williams
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    We’re making plans for the NBAA Convention in Orlando later this month. Here’s our plan: Tuesday - Static Display & Networking events – meeting with clients & partners at the Static Display Wednesday - 9:00 Facilitating  education session: Time Management for Sales & Marketing Professionals. 10:30 – 6:00 – Meeting with clients & partners at the Convention Center Thursday - 9:00 – 11:00 – Meeting with clients & partners at the Convention Center Going to the NBAA Convention in Orlando? Get on our calendar and we’ll come visit…
  • Panel Discussion – Marketing Data – Where to Get It, How to Use It!

    Paula Williams
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    This webinar is free, but seating is limited.  Reserve your seat now! Join us Wednsday, October 15, 2014, 1:00 Mountain Time There is no shortage of marketing data for aviation professionals to take advantage of these days. But there is a shortage of knowledge about how to sift through the mountains of reports and data, find the information you actually need, and to make good decisions based on that data. We’ll be talking with four professionals in the aviation industry, and asking them these questions: •    What market data is most important to your business? •    How do you…
  • Sales success – How hard do your prospects and customers have to work?

    Paula Williams
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Some of you know that we have a kid serving in the Peace Corps in Morocco.  You might also know that we went to visit him last week – took him to Spain for a little bit of a vacation along the Costa Del Sol – some castles, boardwalks, Spanish food, beer, and so on. It was a fantastic (if short!) vacation, but it led me to an insight about marketing. Are daunting processes messing up your sales numbers? We traveled from Morocco to Spain and back by ferry, which looked pretty easy when you’re at home, planning the trip, looking at Google Earth on your computer screen.
  • What’s the Best Marketing Tool for Aviation?

    Paula Williams
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    “What’s the best marketing tool for aviation?  If I only have time and money to do one thing to sell to people in this market,  what should it be?” We were asked this question in a coaching session last week. I asked the client: “If you asked your mechanic which tool he’d like if he’ll be stranded with your plane on a desert island with only one, which one do you think he would pick?” His response was: “He’d say he wasn’t going to no damn desert island if he can’t take the whole toolbox with him.” “Good…
  • Download our October 2014 Aviation Marketing Calendar

    Paula Williams
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    NBAA, Halloween, and our Marketing Data panel discussion! You won’t want to miss anything this October.  Click the image below to download the full-size calendar. Note – don’t print from Firefox! (It won’t work very well.)   Open with a PDF editor like Adobe or Preview.
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    Aerostar Training Services LLC

  • Join us for an Airline Pilot Career Workshop online!

    paulaabci
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Airline Career Workshop Join us for a Webinar on November 12 Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar Seat Now at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/318422695 Questions and Answers about airline careers for future captains and first officers.We’ll be asking questions about career opportunities.Featuring Captain David Santo, Airbus A320 Captain for  Jetblue Airways and President of AeroStar Training Services and guests. This session is free to attend, but seating is limited, so register today! Sponsored by AeroStar Training Services, LLC Title: Airline Career Workshop Date:…
  • A320 Approach

    David Santo
    26 Apr 2013 | 1:50 pm
    Here’s a video of an A320 approach in an A320 using AeroStar’s virtual flight deck. These virtual flight decks are used in both the 737NG and the A320 ground school potion of the training. The post A320 Approach appeared first on Aerostar Training Services LLC.
  • Airlines Speak Out About the TSA Knives on Airplanes Controversy

    David Santo
    25 Apr 2013 | 2:25 pm
    Not only have the Flight Attendants been speaking out against the new TSA proposition to allow small knives on airplanes, but some airlines are now too. As pilots, what are your thoughts on the matter? http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/09/opposition-to-new-tsa-knives-policy/?iref=allsearch The post Airlines Speak Out About the TSA Knives on Airplanes Controversy appeared first on Aerostar Training Services LLC.
  • Video – Flying an Airbus!

    David Santo
    25 Oct 2012 | 2:30 pm
    We love this video of a great pilot flying an airbus!  Can’t keep from smiling when we watch it. AVIANCA BRASIL Airbus 319 GoPro Hero 2 Song: Sail – Awolnation Sequence: 0:05 – SBRJ Santos Dumont RWY 20L – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil 0:30 – Copacabana Beach – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil 0:35 – SBRJ Santos Dumont RWY 20L – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil 0:51 – Florianopolis SC Brasil 1:07 – Downwind leg SBRJ Santos Dumont RWY 02R – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil ( Botafogo Beach ) 2:11 – SKBO El Dorado RWY 13R – Bogota – Colombia 2:16 – SBSP Congonhas RWY 17R – São Paulo…
  • Do airlines hire pilots with zero time in type?

    David Santo
    4 Oct 2012 | 2:31 pm
    We’ve heard it said and read it posted in aviation forums that “no” airline hires pilots who possess a type rating with zero time in type. This is a false statement. We all know that Southwest Airlines hires type rated pilots without time in type and that Spirit Airlines has publically said that they prefer a PIC type for initial applicants. Whether you or I agree with this hiring practice is not the issue. The fact is that it is happening both in the USA and all around the world. Airlines all over the place have adopted this standard practice. Although most airlines have not drawn a…
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    Multiply LeadershipMultiply Leadership | Flight Test + Mathematics x Leadership

  • a day hike — observations #37

    Mark Jones Jr
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Some writers practice their craft every single day. Some people learn something new daily. Some pilots fly every single day. In some cases, it is like a hiker who leaves the base camp and hikes for one hour up the mountain and one hour back to the start point. You could repeat this for years, never venturing farther into the unknown, never reaching the summit. Quantity is not always better. And maybe practice doesn’t make perfect. Sure, the hiker who does this daily will improve insidiously. Maybe he goes a few feet farther each day. But reaching the peak requires something more,…
  • two kinds of learning — observations #36

    Mark Jones Jr
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Last time, I said that were two kinds of “data.” This same categorization applies to learning. Some learning takes place instantly. “It’s colder today than yesterday.” Instantly may mean from one day to the next, or it may mean from one second to the next. Other learning accumulates over much longer periods–days, months, or even years. Only through intentional rumination do we assimilate these lessons. Using the previous example, this second kind of learning may be a general characterization about the fall weather in a particular region over several years.
  • two kinds of data — ATOMs #14-16

    Mark Jones Jr
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I think there are at least two kinds of “data.” I’ll use flight test as my example. The first is what I will call “test team comments.” There has been a place on almost every test card created for qualitative observations made by flight test crews in the heat of the moment, a comment about air quality or workload or whatever else seems relevant then and there. These kinds of observations are just blurted out. The second kind of data is cumulative, that data found in the flight report and ultimately the flight test report. In this case, some synthesis and analysis have taken…
  • Index of First Flights — September

    Mark Jones Jr
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Feedback needed: Should I clean up the format? Should I hyperlink or just leave it as plain text? What else do you like or not like about the layout? Send a tweet to @FlightTestFact with your thoughts. 9/1/1937 First flight #flighttest of the Bell YFM1 Airacuda http://ow.ly/3pFBke 9/2/1947 First flight #flighttest of the Hawker Sea Hawk #history #avgeek http://ow.ly/AYsFC | @flightglobal http://ow.ly/AYsOP 9/3/1953 First flight of the @PilatusAircraft P-3 “first trainer for jets” http://ow.ly/B1wLF | P-3 Owners Group http://ow.ly/B1wRL 9/4/1949 First flight of the Avro 707,…
  • more thoughts on learning — observations #35

    Mark Jones Jr
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Some learning is gradual. You can do it in little chunks, like in ten minutes a day. And you can even skip some days without much harm. It is impossible to learn some things, however, by this technique. In some subjects, one must reach a tipping point, accumulate a some discrete amount, a minimum or quanta, of training or teaching in a certain length of time. Else one will never progress out of the beginning stage. I think flying is a good example. You have to get in an airplane and do a take-off and a landing. (But perhaps these kinds of physical skills and judgment should be separated form…
 
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  • Safety Standdown 2014 Two Words: Pay Attention

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Like many apparently simple things, paying attention can be a lot harder than it seems – especially these days. And the strategies to stay focused are many and varied, as demonstrated during the recent Bombardier Safety Standdown in Wichita, Kansas. At that seminar, 32 separate sessions explored different aspects of distraction and how to minimize...
  • Your NBAA Relief Kit

    Sonia Greteman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    The world’s largest business aviation event takes place next week. If you’re one of the 25,000 who will be slogging through the 2-million-square-foot Orange County Convention Center and the 100-aircraft-strong static display at the Orlando Executive Airport, listen up. This advice is for you. Use the Official Mobile App Do your planning first – before...
  • Powering Dreams

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    If kids didn’t pick up on the message – “Aviation is for everyone.” – it’s not for lack of trying. The second annual Kansas Aviation Expo set out on September 22 for a three-day, three-stops-a-day Fly Kansas air tour. High-school bands played. Speakers addressed local schoolchildren and, at each stop, highlighted different aspects of aviation....
  • Wichita Eagle; Have You Heard; You Don’t Say

    Greteman Group
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    “I’m interviewing a man about a Frosted Flake chicken on a stick.” – An explanation from the Greteman Group’s Rachel Groene, who is handling the agency’s Kansas State Fair account, on why she needed a colleague to help on another account. The Wichita Eagle Carrie Rengers You don’t say © The Wichita Eagle, 2014
  • Business & Commercial Aviation; Shattering Glass for Women in Aviation

    Greteman Group
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Shattering Glass for Women in Aviation Talent abounds; let’s use it By William Garvey, Editor-in-Chief There’s a natural slowness to summer that helps us reflect about our choices, reconnect with people, ideas and goals lost in the everyday hurry, and rejuvenate – cannonballing into a lake full of happy, squealing children is guaranteed to reset...
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    Air Facts Journal

  • Go or No Go: fall cold front

    John Zimmerman
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    The fall colors are beautiful right now, but as a pilot that means your mind is focused on in-flight icing. As you stare at your iPad in the pilots’ lounge at Rochester, New York, you find yourself wishing for the warm days of summer. Your plan tonight is to fly from your business meeting in Rochester (ROC) to your home outside Columbus, Ohio (OSU). Will the weather cooperate? You airplane tonight is a 2003 Cirrus SR22 you share with two partners, an airplane you now have 200 hours in. It is well equipped with moving map, WAAS GPSs and a good autopilot, but there is no de-ice system…
  • Sticky fingers

    Douglas Williams
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    I was about a third of the way through my training to become a private helicopter pilot. Minch, my instructor, was taking me into controlled airspace, class delta, in order to start fulfilling the requirement of learning how to communicate with air traffic control: the jargon, procedures, and patterns that are necessary to stay safe when around busy airports. I wouldn’t say I was nervous, but when you start talking to ATC, it’s like you are being interviewed by the vice-principal after doing something bad. I have always pictured a bunch of folks sitting around the speaker, with a mike in…
  • It sure is quiet at my airport

    Larry Scott
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    I started flying again 19 years ago. My parents had moved from the very small community of Gorman, Texas, to the almost as small Kerrville, also in Texas. This change turned an almost unbearable five-hour drive into a truly unbearable six-and-one-half-hour safari. A virtuous son ought to see his folks more often than once every three months but it was just so far… Not much life at many smaller airports these days. I had an old logbook with eight hours and two solos in it. From another time. That earlier attempt at my private certificate hadn’t failed, it had just faded away,…
  • Part of the team – what it means to be a pilot

    John Zimmerman
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Sometimes it’s the normal flights, not the exciting ones, that make you reflect on what it means to be a pilot. On a recent trip, I was headed westbound from New York in perfect weather when the contemplative mood struck. Maybe it was the smooth ride or maybe it was my favorite pilot in the other seat (my dad). But I think it had more to do with the fact that we were passing the COLNS intersection–named after our very own Editor Emeritus Richard Collins. Passing COLNS, just fitting into the system. It made me think of how many times Collins himself has probably flown over that…
  • Cow pasture pilot

    Dan Baxter
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is the latest article in our series called “I Can’t Believe I Did That,” where pilots ‘fess up about mistakes they’ve made but lived to tell about. If you have a story to tell, email us at: editor@airfactsjournal.com Beaumont is a word with two meanings to pilots of a certain age. Beaumont, Texas, was the home of Gordon Baxter—morning disc jockey, old airplane aficionado, and long-time columnist for FLYING magazine. He wrote the Bax Seat column for years and collected his writings into a series of books, the best-known of which was Log of a Pasture Pilot.
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    iPad Pilot News

  • LogTen Pro introduces all-new apps, pricing model

    John Zimmerman
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    LogTen Pro X features an all-new look and plenty of new features. LogTen Pro has been our top pick among pilot logbook apps for years, with a nice mix of powerful features and an easy-to-use interface. But lately the app was starting to look tired–there was no major iOS 7 update, for example–so we’ve been hoping to see some updates. Those are finally here, in the form of a new app called LogTen Pro X. This includes the same basic functionality of the original LogTen Pro, but with a completely new style and a host of new features. It’s a big upgrade. One of our…
  • Use your iPhone 6 as a backup altimeter

    Bret Koebbe
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    The BaroAltimeter app users the barometer in the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 to track your altitude. One of the new hardware features added to the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 is a barometric pressure sensor. When this was announced pilots quickly saw the potential here for turning the iPhone or iPad into an altimeter. The first app we’ve come across that takes advantage of this feature is called BaroAltimeter, which was designed with pilots in mind. Simply enter the current altimeter setting for your location and the app will display your altitude. The app’s design is simple and…
  • What pilots need to know from Apple’s latest announcement

    John Zimmerman
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Just one month after unveiling the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple held an event today to show off even more new gadgets–including the latest iPad models. While the upgrades are incremental improvements rather than revolutionary redesigns, there are some interesting new features (especially for pilots). The event covered more than just iPads, so let’s explore what’s new. New iPad Air Apple now offers a wide range of tablets, starting at $249. The big news was the launch of the iPad Air 2. This upgraded version of Apple’s 10″ tablet is 18% thinner than the…
  • There is no such thing as an “official weather briefing”

    John Zimmerman
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    The only “legal” briefing? Sometimes it seems like pilots specialize in old wives’ tales. We still hear the one about how the iPad isn’t a legal replacement for paper charts (here’s why that’s 100% wrong). Here’s another we hear from time to time: “Well, that fancy iPad app doesn’t count as an official weather briefing. You have to call Flight Service or the FAA will nail you.” It makes a great story, and it plays to pilots’ innate paranoia, but it’s completely false. It’s time to bury this old wives’ tale…
  • iPad Pilots: it’s time to update your digital charts

    Bret Koebbe
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Keeping ForeFlight’s digital charts up to date is a breeze Get out your iPad and connect to WiFi – it’s time to update your digital charts. The new cycle starts Thursday, October 16, and will be valid for 28 to 56 days depending on chart type. We strongly recommend that you plug your iPad into a power source before starting the update since it can take several hours to download all the data. ForeFlight users: select More at the bottom right, then Downloads at the top left. One press of the green Download button at the bottom of the screen will download all the queued chart…
 
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    New Airport Insider

  • How Industry and Media Drive U.S. Aviation Debate

    Greg Principato
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Editor’s Note - Today, we are pleased to have an opinion post by an industry thought leader: Greg Principato.  Would like to contribute to New Airport Insider? Contact us. No One Is Interested – No One Understands When I was President […]
  • Beijing New Airports

    Guillaume Dupont
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    China is now renowned for building hundreds of airports throughout the country. Having 90% of the Chinese population living less than 100 km from an airport by 2020 is one of the many ambitious targets found in the government’s five-year plan. […]
  • Australian Airports Build: Brisbane Airport Under Pressure

    Dan Parsons
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    This is part 2 in a 3-part series on Australian airport development. Part 1 looked at the decision to build a second airport in Sydney and the politics surrounding that decision. Fuelled by the commencement of the Asian century, Australia’s […]
  • Incheon Airport South Korea Evaluates European A-CDM

    Kris de Bolle
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Being an advocate of best practices to implement airport collaborative decision making implies agenda flexibility, and investing ample time to allow A-CDM candidates to grasp the concept of A-CDM as it is practiced in live operations. Be it after business […]
  • Australia Airports Build: Politics and Sydney Airport No. 2

    Dan Parsons
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    A couple of the world’s airport hotspots have already been profiled on this blog but this post isn’t about a hotspot, it’s probably more of an odd-spot. While Australia is a big country, it is also a small country. It […]
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  • Top 10 Fastest Aircraft In The World

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:13 am
  • Mid Air Plane Crash New York City

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    911 wasn't the only aviation disaster to happen in New York. The 1960 New York mid-air collision, also known as the Park Slope Plane Crash, was a mid-air collision between two airliners that occurred over New York City on Friday, 16 December 1960. The collision of United Airlines Flight 826 and Trans World Airlines Flight 266 caused Flight 266 to crash into Staten Island and Flight 826 to crash into Park Slope, Brooklyn, resulting in the deaths of all 128 people on board the two airliners and six people on the ground.
  • Top secret space plane lands in US

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    A unmanned US plane on a top-secret, two-year mission to space has returned to Earth and landed in California.
  • Those are new Su-30M2s

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    A pacific based 22nd Air Force regiment has received new SU-30M2 jets and here they are caught in photos by Yuri. They come here to replace SU-27CMs. Just see some pics.
  • Dangerous landing at Barcelona-El Prat

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    That looks really dangerous, I wonder what was on controler's mind...
 
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  • Emirates CEO Tim Clarke believes MH370 was under control until the end

    Editor
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Emirates CEO and President Sir Tim Clarke has said he believes flight MH370 “was under control, probably until the very end”. Sir Tim told Aviation Week in July of his concerns, he said: “Something is not right here and we need to get to the bottom of it.” The latest theory of what happened to flight MH370 comes from the Australian Transport Bureau. They announced last week that flight MH370 was likely to have flown with the autopilot engaged for some 5 hours, before crashing after running out of fuel over the Indian Ocean. However Emirates CEO and President Sir Tim is…
  • Garuda Indonesia orders 50 737MAX 8s

    Editor
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Garuda Indonesia has announced they have ordered 50 737 MAX 8s from Boeing. The order is estimated to be valued at $4.9 billion.Garuda Indonesia is the flag carrier of Indonesia, the airline has announced they will buy 46 new 737 MAX 8s. They will also convert existing orders for 4 Next-Generation 737-800s to 737 MAX 8s. Emirsyah Satar, chief executive officer, Garuda Indonesia said: “The 737 MAX 8 represents a bright, efficient future for Garuda Indonesia. This order helps continue our commitment to offer the people of Indonesia and Southeast Asia the most comfortable, most efficient air…
  • Introducing the Diesel Powered Piper Archer

    Editor
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    The Piper Archer DX is Piper’s contribution to the growing diesel-powered aircraft market. AvGas prices are high and continue to rise, Piper’s Archer DX seeks to combat that, by utilising the Centurion 2.0L diesel engine running on JET-A1 The Archer DX looks like any other Archer out there, except it’s powered by a 155hp Centurion 2.0L diesel engine. The Centurion 2.0L is a four-cylinder engine with a TBR of 1,200 hours, on the Archer DX you get an MT 3 constant speed blade. Piper boast that the Archer DX has 38% less fuel burn and 31% lower engine direct operating costs…
  • Spring Airlines becomes first Chinese A320 Sharklets customer

    Editor
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    China based low-cost airline, Spring Airlines, has signed an agreement with Airbus to retrofit its fleet of A320s with “Sharklets”. The airline that’s based in Shanghai, China, will become China’s first airline to retrofit the wing tip devices known as “sharklets”. Spring Airlines’ A320 fleet will be retro fitted with wing tip devices known as sharklets. The sharklets feature as standard on the latest generation A320Neo. Spring Airlines’ retrofitted A320s will benefit from a reduction in fuel costs by up to 4 per cent Airbus claims. The…
  • World Air Cargo Traffic to Double in Next 20 Years Says Boeing

    Editor
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Boeing has predicted that air cargo traffic will double in the next 20 years. Boeing has said world air cargo traffic will grow at an annual rate of 4.7%. Over the next 20 years global air freight traffic is expected to more than double by 2033. Randy Tinseth, vice president of Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes said: “We see strong signs of a recovery as air freight traffic levels continue to strengthen after several years of stagnation. The air cargo market is now growing at nearly the long-term rates.” According to Boeing, world air cargo traffic began to grow again in…
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